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Old 08-23-2013, 10:37 AM
 
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So when I was young(er) in my University years, I remember I was in my room and I was on the verge of falling asleep.....and then suddenly I felt the sensation of something (like a racoon or something black) jumping on me....and then I woke up screaming and then turned on the lights. And it took me at least half an hour until I considered it might have been a dream or a hallucination.

Is this sleep paralysis?
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Old 08-23-2013, 04:53 PM
 
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So when I was young(er) in my University years, I remember I was in my room and I was on the verge of falling asleep.....and then suddenly I felt the sensation of something (like a racoon or something black) jumping on me....and then I woke up screaming and then turned on the lights. And it took me at least half an hour until I considered it might have been a dream or a hallucination.

Is this sleep paralysis?
no
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Old 08-25-2013, 08:31 PM
 
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So when I was young(er) in my University years, I remember I was in my room and I was on the verge of falling asleep.....and then suddenly I felt the sensation of something (like a racoon or something black) jumping on me....and then I woke up screaming and then turned on the lights. And it took me at least half an hour until I considered it might have been a dream or a hallucination.

Is this sleep paralysis?

Sleep paralysis is a phenomenon in which people, either when falling asleep or wakening, temporarily experience an inability to move. More formally, it is a transition state between wakefulness and rest characterized by complete muscle atonia (muscle weakness). It can occur at sleep onset or upon awakening, and it is often associated with terrifying visions (e.g., an intruder in the room), to which one is unable to react due to paralysis. It is believed to be a result of disrupted REM sleep, which is normally characterized by complete muscle atonia that prevents individuals from acting out their dreams. Sleep paralysis has been linked to disorders such as narcolepsy, migraines, anxiety disorders, and obstructive sleep apnea; however, it can also occur in isolation.[1][2] When linked to another disorder, sleep paralysis commonly occurs in association with the neuromuscular disorder narcolepsy.[2]
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I've experienced this two or three times in my life. There was a sense of immediate danger from an intruder of some kind and a desperate need to wake up in order to save my life, but an inability to do so, no matter how hard I tried. Well, eventually I did wake up and found it to have been an interesting experience.
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Old 08-26-2013, 06:15 PM
 
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Sleep paralysis is a phenomenon in which people, either when falling asleep or wakening, temporarily experience an inability to move. More formally, it is a transition state between wakefulness and rest characterized by complete muscle atonia (muscle weakness). It can occur at sleep onset or upon awakening, and it is often associated with terrifying visions (e.g., an intruder in the room), to which one is unable to react due to paralysis. It is believed to be a result of disrupted REM sleep, which is normally characterized by complete muscle atonia that prevents individuals from acting out their dreams. Sleep paralysis has been linked to disorders such as narcolepsy, migraines, anxiety disorders, and obstructive sleep apnea; however, it can also occur in isolation.[1][2] When linked to another disorder, sleep paralysis commonly occurs in association with the neuromuscular disorder narcolepsy.[2]
Sleep paralysis - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

I've experienced this two or three times in my life. There was a sense of immediate danger from an intruder of some kind and a desperate need to wake up in order to save my life, but an inability to do so, no matter how hard I tried. Well, eventually I did wake up and found it to have been an interesting experience.
Did you see a figure in the room?

This concept scares me to the point where I'm kind of scared to fall asleep. I've never had it, and I hope I never do.
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Old 08-26-2013, 06:32 PM
 
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Did you see a figure in the room?

This concept scares me to the point where I'm kind of scared to fall asleep. I've never had it, and I hope I never do.
Check out Hypnagogic Hallucinations. That's what you had.
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Old 08-26-2013, 06:37 PM
 
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I've had sleep paralysis - but never had the impression that there was an intruder in the house or that anything else disturbing (other than being unable to move) was happening. Instead, my mind seemed perfectly clear and fully alert - but I could only move my toes, and sometimes not even that.

Since learning about sleep paralysis, I just reminded myself that's what it was and knew that soon I would be fully awake and able to move. Episodes seemed to occur when I was short on sleep or otherwise slightly below par, I noticed.

Actually, I haven't had such an episode for several years now (perhaps because I am retired from work which requires me to rise at a certain time and am now self-employed with a much more user-friendly schedule (or lack thereof).

Fine with me, as though sleep paralysis is completely pain free, it is not particularly pleasant to experience.
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Old 08-26-2013, 07:22 PM
 
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Did you see a figure in the room?

This concept scares me to the point where I'm kind of scared to fall asleep. I've never had it, and I hope I never do.
I don't think so. It's been a long time since I've had the experience. I think it was more like sensing a dangerous presence.

It's nothing to be afraid of. It's just a sleep experience. I wouldn't mind experiencing it again.
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Old 08-26-2013, 07:26 PM
 
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Check out Hypnagogic Hallucinations. That's what you had.
I like those as well. But as soon as you try to focus on them they vanish.
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